March 15, 2021 Regular Council Summary

Consent Items

Consent Items group discussion points that have been thoroughly discussed at a Committee level into a single area on the agenda labeled “Consent Items.” This procedure allows decision-makers to group consent items together under one heading and approve them in one action or to consider and vote on each item separately if discussion is needed (for more information, please see Section 14 of the City’s Procedural Bylaw).

Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness Meeting 2021-FEB-24

Live Closed Captioning Service
Council directed staff to implement a live captioning service for all future Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness meetings with the potential to expand to all meetings of Council and Council’s committees.
Section 10 a 1

2020 Annual Report
Council was provided the 2020 Annual Report for the Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness for information.
Section 10 a 2

Governance and Priorities Committee Meeting 2021-MAR-08

Community Amenity Contribution Policy
Council supports the Community Amenity Contribution (CAC) Policy with the rates and defined increases as recommended in the July 2020 Rollo report, as follows:

Land Use CAC rate starting 2022-JAN-01 CAC rate starting 2023-JAN-01 CAC rate starting 2024-JAN-01
Single Residential Dwelling $3,000 per unit $5,500 per unit $8,000 per unit
Townhouse Residential Dwelling A dwelling that shares one or more walls with another unit, with no unit above, and has a ground level entrance. $2,500 per unit $5,000 per unit $7,500 per unit
Multiple Family Dwelling $2,000 per unit $3,500 per unit $5,000 per unit
Commercial and Industrial $34 per m2(GFA) $34 per m2(GFA) $34 per m2(GFA)
Cannabis and Liquor Retail Store $10,000 per store $10,000 per store $10,000 per store
Student Housing $1,000 per bed $1,000 per bed $1,000 per bed

Prior to endorsement, Council directed staff to move forward with community consultation, including creating an information page on the City website. Council also directed staff to send a referral to the Neighbourhood Network.
Section 10 b 1

Separately Addressed Consent Items

Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness Meeting 2021-FEB-24

Conversion Therapy
Council directed staff to prepare a report outlining options to ban conversion therapy within the City of Nanaimo.
Section 10 c 1

Reports to Council

Memorandum of Understanding Between Island Health and BC Housing - Navigation Centre
Council was provided with an update on the status of a Memorandum of Understanding between Island Health and BC Housing relating to Nanaimo hosting a Navigation Centre for people experiencing long-term homelessness.
Section 12 a

Situation Table Update
Council was provided an update on the provincially-funded Situation Table.
Section 12 b

Mid-Island Region Child Care Action Plan
Council received the Mid-Island Region Child Care Action Plan and endorsed the child care space targets for the City of Nanaimo. The Action Plan will be included as formal stakeholder input into the REIMAGINE NANAIMO process.
Section 12 c

Allocation of Unallocated Pedestrian Funds - Part 1
Council directed staff to allocate $554,000 from the Special Initiatives Reserve to construct sidewalks on Haliburton Street to be completed in 2022.

Council allocated $505,000 of the Pedestrian Unallocated Funds to all projects listed under Intersection Upgrades and Sidewalk Item (1) Needham Street north. 
Section 12 d

Bylaws

The following Bylaw was adopted:

Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2020 No. 4500.177
“Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2020 No. 4500.177” (To rezone 30 Lorne Place from Duplex Residential [R4] to Low Density Residential [R6]).
Section 13 a

Notice of Motion

City of Nanaimo Resolution on the Immediate Protection for all at-risk Old-growth Forests in BC

The following notice of motion was brought forward by Councillor Geselbracht:

Notice of Motion:
WHEREAS ancient high productivity (big tree) old growth ecosystems are globally one of the most valuable climate mitigation and resiliency assets in terms of carbon storage, sequestration, protection against wildfire, storage of water and bank of biodiversity;

AND WHEREAS, of the miniscule fraction (2.7%) of the original high productivity (big tree) old-growth forests (less than 1% of BC’s total current forested area),  75% are still slated to be eliminated through logging including the headwaters of Fairy Creek, the last unprotected intact old-growth watershed in southern Vancouver Island; BE IT RESOLVED:

THAT the City of Nanaimo call on the provincial government to immediately defer logging in all and at-risk old-growth forests, as identified by the independent Old Growth Strategic Review Panel, until all 14 of the panel’s recommendations have been implemented;

AND THAT the City of Nanaimo formally oppose the logging of at-risk old-growth forests;

AND THAT the City of Nanaimo call on the Government of British Columbia to immediately and permanently protect the Fairy Creek watershed from further logging;

AND THAT the City of Nanaimo call on the Government of British Columbia to allocate funding to enact deferrals in an economically just manner, in the full spirit of reconciliation and to support the economic transition of affected communities and workers from unsustainable old-growth logging for the development of long-term sustainable local economies.

AND THAT the following resolution be sent to the Union of BC Municipalities and AVICC as a late submission.

Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities Resolution:
WHEREAS ancient high productivity (big tree) old growth ecosystems are globally one of the most valuable climate mitigation and resiliency assets in terms of carbon storage, sequestration, protection against wildfire, storage of water and bank of biodiversity;

AND WHEREAS, of the miniscule fraction (2.7%) of the original high productivity old-growth forests (less than 1% of BC’s total current forested area), 75% are still slated to be eliminated through logging including the headwaters of Fairy Creek, the last unprotected intact old-growth watershed in southern Vancouver Island; BE IT RESOLVED:

THAT UBCM and AVICC call on the provincial government to immediately defer logging in all and at-risk old-growth forests, as identified by the independent Old Growth Strategic Review Panel, until all 14 of the panel’s recommendations have been implemented.

AND THAT UBCM and AVICC call on the Government of British Columbia to immediately and permanently protect the Fairy Creek watershed from further logging.

AND THAT UBCM and AVICC call on the Government of British Columbia to allocate funding to enact deferrals in an economically just manner in the full spirit of reconciliation where applicable and to support the economic transition of affected communities and workers from unsustainable old-growth logging for the development of long-term sustainable local economies.
Section 14

Other Business

Nanaimo Airport and COVID-19
Council endorsed the Mayor writing a letter of support to Wendy Clifford, Board Chair, Nanaimo Airport Commission, in response to her letter regarding Nanaimo Airport and COVID-19 correspondence sent to the Honourable John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia.
Section 15 a

March 15, 2021 Regular Council Meeting – agenda, documents and video

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